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Media: City face three-way battle for midfielder?

MEDIA WATCH: City have been linked with Lyon's dynamic midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.

MEDIA WATCH: City have been linked with Lyon's dynamic midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.

Big transfer news, a look ahead to Monday’s big game at Tottenham and a huge vote of confidence from a Premier League manager…it’s time for your Sunday media roundup!

Let’s start with a report by Tom Hopkinson in the Mirror that says City are in the hunt for Lyon’s box-to-box midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.

City are said to have been alerted to his quality last month after the 21-year-old delivered a fine display in the Champions League as the French side won 2-1 at the Etihad. 

But Hopkinson believes Chelsea and Manchester United have also joined the hunt for a player thought to be one of Europe's brightest prospects. 

"Manchester United and Chelsea have joined Manchester City in the race for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele,” writes Hopkinson.

"The 21-year-old Frenchman is regarded as one of the best youngsters in the game after impressing at the Groupama Stadium over the past 18 months.

"City saw first hand what a player he is when the Ligue 1 side beat them 2-1 at the Etihad in the Champions League last month.

"Ndombele has broken into Didier Deschamps’s France team this season, and is progress has not gone unnoticed in the Premier League.

"United and Chelsea both had eyes on him against Hoffenheim in the Champions League on Tuesday with both sides sending scouts.

"Ndombele spent last season on loan at Lyon from Amiens and made the switch permanent in the summer.”

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Meanwhile, ahead of City’s trip to Wembley on Monday for a top-of-the-table clash against Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino says his side will need to be lucky if they ware to get all three points.

And the Spurs boss also hailed Pep Guardiola as one of the bets coaches in the game.

"In football nothing is impossible," he said. "But we are going to face a very good team, a very solid team, a team that have very good players.

"Pep is one of the best managers in the world and the strategy of the game always makes it difficult.

"I don't believe that in football you can find something that is impossible to do, but it will be difficult because we need to play well and perform in our best, have a bit of luck to win the game."

And Sky Sports, in their preview of the Monday Night Football game, say Dele Alli will return for the Londoners.

“While Alli is back in contention after four games out, Danny Rose (groin) and Jan Vertonghen (hamstring) continue to receive treatment and will miss the Wembley clash,” they write.

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And, finally, Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has tipped us to retain the Premier League title.

His side lost 4-1 to Liverpool on Saturday, a result that saw the Merseysiders move top of the table with 26 points from 10 matches.

Warnock was impressed with what he saw – but says City have more quality to call upon. 

““They've all got their strengths...we did ever so well against Manchester City, and I can remember thinking 'We're doing well here'...and then we were 3-0 down 10 minutes later!” he told the Mirror.

“Liverpool are back in the big time here for sure,” he said, after his side were turned over following another Mo Salah super show.

“But I think they have more of a chance in the Champions' League if I'm being honest, and the cups.

“I just think Manchester City have that little bit more week in week out in the league. I do think Liverpool are the most improved team with the signings he has made, and heaven knows what happens if he makes one or two for next season...”

That’s all for this morning’s media roundup. Stay with us throughout the day here on mancity.com as we continue the build up to Monday’s big game at Wembley.

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